You may remember how disappointed I was when I couldn’t get my hands on a ticket to see P!nk for her May 2018 concert. Tickets went on sale in October 2017, with a “verified fan” service that was supposed to make it impossible for scalpers to get ahead of ordinary people. Instead, immediately at the 10 a.m. sale time, all tickets from the venue were sold out! In May 2018, it was announced that another Vancouver show would be added to the end of the tour and, yet again, I couldn’t get a ticket. Finally, when they added a second 2019 show — success! I would wait a year for the show to come, but I had a couple of tickets!
To explain the ticket fiasco, I came across this article detailing a CBC News/Toronto Star investigation that exposed some practices by Ticketmaster that seem to promote scalping. Ticketmaster has a professional ticket reseller program with access to TradeDesk, a web-based inventory management system for scalpers. The undercover reporter was told that “Ticketmaster’s resale division turns a blind eye to scalpers who use ticket-buying bots and fake identities to snatch up tickets and then resell them on the site for inflated prices.” The reason? Ticketmaster makes its money through fees. And those fees are higher on the higher-priced resale tickets. Not only that, but if a ticket is sold twice, Ticketmaster makes its fees twice! No wonder it was so hard to get a ticket direct from the venue!
In any case, I did mange to pick up a pair of tickets, and on Saturday night, my younger son and I finally went to see P!nk! (My son’s a heavy metal fan, but he is always up for any experience that comes along.) Our seats were up really high but had a pretty good view straight down onto the left-hand side of the stage. There were also some great screens to supplement the view — see the tour poster that was being shown on screen before the show started. (I’m using an iPhone 6s, which is not the best camera so please forgive the lack of crispness to the shots, especially with the spotlights.)
There was a DJ (KidCutUp) to warm up the crowd — not really my thing as I prefer to hear the old songs without a dance beat superimposed, but people seemed to enjoy it and at least he was doing the mixing live. The opening act was Julia Michaels, who I also quite like, having been introduced to her song “Issues” over on Fatima’s blog. She’s a songwriter with lots of success (she co-wrote Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”), but she’s only been performing herself for a couple of years. I really enjoyed how thrilled she seemed to be to have that big crowd appreciating her songs and lighting up their cell phones on request.
P!nk, of course, was the main attraction, and she didn’t disappoint. She and her band gave a solid 2-hour performance, complete with 10 dancers and stage sets that were like you’d see in musical theatre.
Surrounding the stage was a walkway in the shape of a heart, and P!nk made sure that she directed her performance to all parts of the audience. Being a mum herself, she also made a fuss over the kids who were close to the stage, introducing them and signing autographs for them during the show. When she introduced her dancers one-by-one, the last person she called was her 7-year-old daughter, Willow, who ran out onstage and gave her mum a big hug before cartwheeling off again!
P!nk is a trained aerialist and quite often is high above the stage, singing and swinging with only silks and no harness. (I can’t even imagine the insurance cost!). One of her songs featured P!nk with (and even standing on) one of her male dancers on silks above the stage. She actually stopped the song and began again after being out of sight for a few minutes because their timing was off. Later, she told the audience, “Thanks for understanding that I didn’t want to die.”
It wasn’t just an acrobatic performance, though. Her singing was fantastic. Here’s a little sample video I took during one of my favourite songs, “What about Us”. (You can hear the guy behind me
shouting singing along.)
The highlight of the show was when P!nk was harnessed to the ceiling of this 18,000 seat arena, flying over the heads of the crowd. (We were in the “nosebleed section”, so there was no flying over us!) Remember, too, that she is singing flawlessly the whole time, even when suspended upside-down (as she is on the right)!
The show was definitely worth the money and the wait and I wouldn’t hesitate to go and see her again. Her new album, Hurts 2B Human, comes out on April 26 and she played a couple of teasers for us. Here’s one of her catchy new songs on a video she released at the end of March.
I’m off to pre-order the album on iTunes now.